Tina Satchwell’s husband keeps belongings in same place in hope she will return home
Mystery has surrounded her disappearance on March 24 2017, with husband Richard believing she may have been harmed.
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The shattered husband of missing Tina Satchwell has said he keeps her belongings in the same place in the hope some day she will return home.
Mystery has surrounded her disappearance ever since, with husband Richard believing she may have been harmed.
Speaking to the Irish Sunday Mirror, he told how he has left everything the way Tina had it before she vanished.
He said: “The sitting room is exactly the way it was when she left.
“The nail polishes used the night before are still in the place she left them. I know that’s probably daft, I don’t know.
“But I don’t need anything to remind me of her to be honest, she’s in my head constantly. I was with her for over 30 years before she went.”
And he said it has been very tough for him as not only has he had to deal with his wife being missing but also having the finger pointed at him for her disappearance.
He explained: “The reason I don’t talk to the press is because there was a witch-hunt at the beginning.
“To me, there is nothing worse than going through what I have gone through. Unless you have been through it you can’t understand.
“I gave up living in the UK to come here and be with her. There are no words to describe it, not in my mind anyway. It’s something you have to go through to understand.”
To date, gardai have followed up on more than 370 separate lines of inquiry as well as reviewing over 100 hours of CCTV footage and taking more than 170 statements.
A year after she vanished, gardai carried out an extensive search of Mitchell’s Wood near Castlemartyr in East Cork after receiving credible information. In recent months, a senior investigating officer was appointed to look into the case and a peer review is being conducted.
Richard said he struggles every day not knowing where Tina is.
He added: “I consider myself to be a level-headed person but there were some points when I would just be driving home from work and burst into tears about it.”
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But Richard believes the truth will come out eventually. He said: “That’s what I hope.
“From my point of view this is completely out of character. As I have said in the past, I know she was struggling with issues which have nothing to do with the relationship.
“Suicide to me is out of the question and always has been.
“I have always had the thought she may have gone to the UK but nothing has panned out when the guards were looking into that.
“They have been interviewing family members again and different questions posed to them, so hopefully they will come up with something different.”
And Richard appealed to the public directly for help.
He said: “If you know anything get in touch. If Tina is out there reading this, please let people know you are OK.
“There are no words I can use to describe the turmoil that you go through. I don’t think there are bad enough words for it.
“I thought after a few days on her own that she would get back in touch but there has been nothing.
“It was unusual in itself but the recent weeks before she went away she was leaving the dog at home more and more.
“The day before she went missing she was telling everybody that she loved me and would never do anything to hurt me and that was unusual in itself.
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“I found out the week after, when I reported her to the guards missing when I found out that she hadn’t gone to family, I found out that weekend that she was saying that. I suppose, like I have done, you sit down and go over and over the last few months before she went missing and there are things in hindsight that you don’t see them as they happen. You only see them after the fact.
“I can forgive her for leaving once she gets in touch and lets people know. She’s responsible for the happiest years of my life but also in some ways responsible for the worst.”
Richard reported his wife missing and told gardai he had not seen her in four days.
In a twist to the case, he told officers on July 9 he found two suitcases which looked similar to ones owned by his wife at a clothes bank in the Tesco car park in Youghal, Co Cork. However, after DNA analysis, detectives determined they had no connection with Tina.
Richard is calling on anyone with information to come forward, he said: “Anything at all at this point, even if somebody comes out with a sighting that could be confirmed by the guards. 76659595577
“They still [gardai] get the odd phone call as far as I understand it. I know if anyone rings in with a possible sighting that they investigate it.”
And Richard made a direct appeal to his wife.
He added: “Tina, just get in touch. There’s no hard feelings about you leaving but the last three-and-a-half years, what I have been through, that’s a whole different kettle of fish.”